Formerly known as Plumstead Library, the new Plumstead Centre is the result of a £16million refurbishment scheme designed by Hawkins Brown. The Grade II listed public library has undergone a renovation with an additional extension to transform it into a new community centre for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The under-used library dates back to 1903 and the redevelopment has preserved and refreshed the existing character of the building while upgrading amenities throughout. A two-storey extension to the rear provides a home for the new leisure facilities including a café, flexible collaboration space, a gym with badminton court and two large studios for performing arts, yoga or exhibitions.
At the meeting point of the old and new buildings is a full-height glazed box. This creates a level-access entrance that leads to an informal social space. The extension has been constructed in the same materials as the existing building. Brick, glass and metal are used to create a modern building that is sympathetic, but stylistically different from the old library.
Shadbolt assisted the development through the manufacture and supply of bespoke FSC® certified crown cut European oak veneered FD30 fire resisting glazed doors and matching hardwood framesets. In addition, plastic laminated glazed fire resisting doors were produced featuring a variety of different colours of Formica including White, Diamond Black and Ocean Grey.